The program is designed for teachers and supervisors (K-college) and professionals in related fields, such as medical education, college teaching, museum program management, and outreach programs.

It is intended to provide experience in understanding teaching and learning and the research processes required to advance the field.

The M.S. in Science Education assumes that candidates have completed an undergraduate major in a given science area (or combination of science areas), science education, or in elementary education with a science emphasis. Teaching licensure/certification is recommended. The M.S. in science education requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate coursework.  A candidate's specific program of study will be approved on an individual basis with the science education faculty.

Application Deadline

  • Fall semester—January 15
  • Spring semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session—April 15 (March 1 for international students)

Faculty will review all graduate applications for admission and assistantships—including those submitted by international students—beginning January 15. Assistantships will not be offered until late March. Applications received after January 15 will be considered only if space and funding are available.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Bachelor’s degree should be in a science area (or combination of science areas), science education, or a degree in elementary education with a science emphasis
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test (combined verbal and quantitative)
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Teaching licensure/certification (recommended)

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A statement of purpose describing their reasons for pursuing graduate work and their goals for graduate study
  • An academic writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The M.S. in science education requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate coursework.  A candidate's specific program of study will be approved on an individual basis with the science education faculty.

Required courses and research (21 s.h.)

  • EDTL:6757 Learning in the Science Classroom* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:6759 Advanced Pedagogy* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:6750 Assessment in Teaching & Research* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:7755 Research in Science Education—(two registrations of 3 s.h. each-can be concurrent) 6 s.h.
    Research work to begin Spring semester of first year of enrollment.
  • Science Content Course 3 s.h.
  • Science Content Course 3 s.h.

Select additional coursework from the following (13 s.h. minimum)

  • EDTL:6758 Writing in the Science Classroom 3 s.h.
  • 160:250 Introduction to Rhetoric of Science 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:6756 Nature of Science 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:7004 Schooling in the United States*  3 s.h. OR
  • EDTL:7033 Seminar on Teacher Education* 3 s.h.
  • EDTL:7100 Design and Organization of Curriculum 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6275 Constructivism and Design of Instruction 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:4143 Intro to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6202 Understanding Educational Research* 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6220 Quantitative Educational Research Methods 3 s.h.
  • RCE:7338 Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry 3 s.h.
  • Other Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods Course 3 s.h.

Thesis Research (2-4 s.h.)

  • EDTL:6393 Masters Thesis 2-4 s.h.

*No substitute course will be approved for these courses

Final Examination

Students must complete a thesis. A final oral examination is administered on campus where the candidate defends his/her thesis. This examination should include a critical inquiry into the purposes, methods, and results of the thesis research investigation.

Examining Committee

The final examination is conducted by a committee of no fewer than three members of the graduate faculty. A member of the graduate faculty from outside science education is required in those cases where a related field outside science education is included in the examining committee.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall semester—January 15
  • Spring semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session—April 15 (March 1 for international students)

Faculty will review all graduate applications for admission and assistantships—including those submitted by international students—beginning January 15. Assistantships will not be offered until late March. Applications received after January 15 will be considered only if space and funding are available.

Application Questions